Kovalchuk rejoins Devils after missing 3 practices

Updated: January 16, 2013, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- Superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk always planned to play for the New Jersey Devils if there was an NHL season.

On his first day back with the Eastern Conference champions, the high-scoring Russian shot down rumors that he either considered playing in Russia after the NHL reached a new collective bargaining agreement or that he was pressured by the Russian government to stay and finish the KHL season.

The 29-year-old even laughed Wednesday after a scrimmage when asked ...

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